Volvo freshens up VM Model in Central America

Jason Cannon

September 3, 2013

volvo_VMVolvo Trucks has revealed its fourth-generation VM model for Brazil and Latin America, which the company says includes design and performance innovations.

Volvo’s VM trucks have been in the Brazilian commercial vehicle market since 2003, and the company says this fourth-generation VM features 8×2 and 8×4 axle configurations for added load capacity.

“Ongoing investments in updating the VM line are a testament to the success the VM model has achieved in the Brazilian and Latin American markets,” said Francisco Mendonça, VM truck line manager for Volvo Trucks in Brazil.

The addition of a four-axle option boosts the VM’s hauling capacity by increasing the maximum Gross Total Weight to 29 tons.  Available 8×2 and 8×4 configurations of the versatile new VM are ideal for a variety of medium-distance on-highway applications or vocational applications, like concrete mixers, dumpers and regional distribution.

Volvo says customers can specify the four-axle VMs with 270 horsepower or 330 horsepower engines and gearboxes ranging from six to 12 speeds.

The Volvo VM is also available in 4×2, 6×2 and 6×4 configurations.

The newest-generation VM truck and tractor models incorporate many of the signature exterior appearance elements of the new models introduced in Europe, Volvo says.

“The new VMs have what we call Volvo’s new ‘family look,’ meaning Volvo models incorporate similar styling elements to create a similar look across the product family,” said Bernardo Fedalto, truck director for Volvo in Brazil.

Distinct V-shaped LED daytime running lights, like those found across the global range of new Volvo models, provide greater visibility. Redesigned bumpers retain the Volvo family identity while incorporating more modern, robust materials.

Inside the cab, Volvo says the new VM incorporates the best-in-class ergonomics carried over from the third-generation VM with updated fabrics, patterns and paneling.



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